MLS/EPL Tourney to Replace All Star Game in 2009?

Well THIS SURE COMES OUT OF THE BLUE.

I'm sure ten people will immediately post that this is five year old news and where the hell have I been anyway, but what a blockbuster!

Full details have yet to be announced, but here’s what we understand thus far. From mid-July to early August, four Premier League teams will compete in games against Major League Soccer teams. The benefit for the EPL sides is that they’ll gain considerable match practice before the league begins in early August. For Major League Soccer, the matches against the Premier League sides will provide a welcome mid-summer break to play quality opposition. The tournament will replace the All-Star game that MLS has traditionally played during the same time of the year.

In other news I understand that the Revolution is close to re-signing Luis Fangoso: